Lanark woman sentenced to 7 years for killing husband

A woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2010 shooting death of her common-law husband.

No sentence is "adequate," says victim's brother; "nothing will bring my brother back"

A Lanark County woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting and killing her common-law husband.

Gerald Madaire, 46, was shot dead at his home southwest of Ottawa in November 2010. (YouTube)

Lucie Paquette was 47 years old when her husband, 46-year-old Gerald Madaire, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head on Nov. 15, 2010.

Police found Madaire inside the home's computer room on Montgomery Road in Drummond-North Elmsley, Ont., about 80 kilometres southwest of Ottawa.

Paquette was initially charged with first-degree murder but the charge was later downgraded to second-degree murder.

In a Perth, Ont., court Tuesday, Paquette pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

'Nothing will bring my brother back'

Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Quigley sentenced Paquette to seven years in prison in addition to the two years she spent in custody prior to sentencing.

Luc Madaire, the victim's younger brother, read a victim impact statement in court Tuesday. The 47-year-old said it was a tough day for friends and family to relive the "horror" of his brother's death.

He also said he's not yet ready to forgive.

"I don't think anything is going to be adequate, truthfully. No matter what happens, nothing will bring my brother back," he told the CBC's Kristy Nease by phone.

Paquette is also prohibited from possessing weapons for life.

With files from the CBC's Kristy Nease